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Anonymous said: the fuck do racists even WANT white pride for!? what are you gonna be able to do in your life if you have a white pride t-shirt that you can't do right now?

yoisthisracist:

Yeah, as far as I can tell, racists are mostly mad that they can’t force people to be racist WITH them.

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Let’s be realistic. If you start calling out all the racism you witness (and it will be a lot once you know what you’re looking at) some people might not want to hang out with you as much. That’s a risk you’ll need to accept. But think about it like this: staying silent when you witness oppression is the same as supporting oppression. So you can be the popular person who stands with the oppressor or you can be the (maybe) unpopular person who stands for equality and dignity for all people. Which person would you prefer to be?
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Anonymous said: Yo, I'm an American Hindu and literally never gave a shit when people said Merry Christmas to me. That is, until a bunch of racists got mad and turned it into code for "you don't belong in this country as much as we do". :-(

yoisthisracist:

Turns out that’s what they always meant, tho.

Christianity is totally intertwined with white male supremacy at this point. That’s part of the reason that sexism and racism are so pernicious — religious identity is a big deal for a lot of folks. Solving the main brands of bigotry is going to involve secularization and the erosion of religious privilege.

Religionists and their conservative allies will resist fiercely.

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Anonymous said: My name is David. I am a 64 year old "white" Caucasian man and lately I've been getting into rap. Most of my favorite rap is done by Caucasian artists such as Vanilla Ice, though I certainly am partial to the likes of MC Hammer. I am not involved in politics. Am I a racist?

yoisthisracist:

Hi David, of course you fucking are.

How did this question even reach us from all the way back in 1992?!

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"When we look at the fossil record — and the genetic record, and the geological record, and the anatomical record, and every other record from every branch of science that supports the theory of evolution and investigates how it works — we don’t see any signs whatsoever of outside intervention. What we do see is exactly what we’d expect to see if evolution were an entirely natural process, proceeding one generation at a time."

Greta Christina, “Why You Can’t Reconcile God and Evolution”, AlterNet

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"Well: here is the answer to de Waal’s question. Some atheists are evangelical because religious claims about the universe are false, because children are brainwashed into the ancient superstitions of their parents and communities, because many religious organisations and movements have been and continue to be anti-science, anti-gays and anti-women, because even if people are no longer burned at the stake they are still stoned to death for adultery, murdered for being “witches” or abortion doctors, blown up in large numbers for being Shias instead of Sunnis… One could go on at considerable length about the divisions, conflicts, falsehoods, coercions, disruptions, miseries and harm done by religion, though the list should be familiar; except, evidently, to de Waal."

A. C. Grayling, “Apes and atheism”, a review of Franz de Waal’s The Bonobo and the Atheist, Prospect

The Bonobo and the Atheist

h/t WEIT

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spring-of-mathematics:

Mathematically Correct Breakfast - How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves. If a torus is cut by a Möbius strip it will split up into to interlocking rings.

It is not hard to cut a bagel into two equal halves which are linked like two links of a chain. Figure 1:

  1. To start, you must visualize four key points.  Center the bagel at the origin, circling the Z axis. A is the highest point above the +X axis.  B is where the +Y axis enters the bagel. C is the lowest point below the -X axis.  D is where the -Y axis exits the bagel.
  2. These sharpie markings on the bagel are just to help visualize the geometry and the points.  You don’t need to actually write on the bagel to cut it properly.
  3. The line ABCDA, which goes smoothly through all four key points, is the cut line.  As it goes 360 degrees around the Z axis, it also goes 360 degrees around the bagel.
  4. The red line is like the black line but is rotated 180 degrees (around Z or through the hole). An ideal knife could enter on the black line and come out exactly opposite, on the red line. But in practice, it is easier to cut in halfway on both the black line and the red line. The cutting surface is a two-twist Mobius strip; it has two sides, one for each half.
  5. After being cut, the two halves can be moved but are still linked together, each passing through the hole of the other.

It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. In additional to the intellectual stimulation, you get more cream cheese, because there is slightly more surface area.
Topology problem: Modify the cut so the cutting surface is a one-twist Mobius strip. (You can still get cream cheese into the cut, but it doesn’t separate into two parts). See more at: Mathematically Correct Breakfast: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves by George W. Hart.

Images: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves by George W. Hart - Cutting bagels into linked halves on Mathematica. - Interlocking Bagel Rings

Maybe, that’s one of the reasons why I love bagel :)

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I figured most of my Facebook friends would miss out on some of Martin Luther King, Jr’s quotes that are less palatable for complacent America. So I made some aggressive and hard-to-ignore photos to bomb their feed with for today.

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Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.

LET THAT SINK IN.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

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Roald Dahl, 1986

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TEAM VACCINE

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NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.

roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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Photo of Dusty the cat, looking suspicious, sent in by Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon. 

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Photo of Dusty the cat, looking suspicious, sent in by Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon.

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Anonymous said: How can we promote healing if all we're supposed to say to racists is "fuck you"? I'm pissed at them too, but that just doesn't seem very productive.

yoisthisracist:

Hey ding dong, by telling racists “fuck you,” you let them know that their racist behavior and speech aren’t fucking welcome around people who aren’t, you know, completely pieces of shit. Treating those people like their racism is somehow a reasonable, debatable viewpoint prevents healing in the people who are actually affected by their bullshit.

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Anonymous said: According to recent reports from the Labor Department, raising the minimum wage actually cuts unemployment and spurs job growth faster? Wow, it's almost as if conservative economic policies are really completely useless garbage and utter mendacity.

yoisthisracist:

That’s always been completely self-evident.

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Anonymous said: Will "devil's advocate" ever not mean "racist contrarian?"

yoisthisracist:

Sometimes it means “sexist fuckface”, I guess.

I’m always saying “the devil” has enough advocates already, you don’t have to pretend.

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epitomeofraw:

THIS IS FUCKING FANTASTIC.

epitomeofraw:

THIS IS FUCKING FANTASTIC.

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Anonymous said: Yo, Marvel comics just announced that the new Captain America is gonna be black and Thor is going to be a woman. As you can imagine the response was wholly sympathetic and there have been no sexist or racists responses to this.

yoisthisracist:

Huh. I would have expected the exact fucking opposite.